Clock Synchronization in Wireless Sensor Networks: from Traditional Estimation Theory to Distributed Signal Processing

Abstract: In this talk, we will review the advances of clock synchronization in wireless sensor network in the past few years.  We will begin with the optimal clock synchronization algorithms in pairwise setting, in which maximum likelihood (ML) estimator from traditional estimation theory is the major tool.  Then, we will discuss the more challenging networkwide synchronization, in which every node in the network needs to synchronize with each other.  In this case, more powerful distributed signal processing techniques are required.  In particular, we will illustrate how Belief Propagation (BP), distributed Kalman Filter (KF) and Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers (ADMM) method help in solving networkwide synchronization.

Bio: Yik-Chung Wu received the B.Eng. (EEE) degree in 1998 and the M.Phil. degree in 2001 from the University of Hong Kong (HKU).  He received the Croucher Foundation scholarship in 2002 to study Ph.D. degree at Texas A&M University, College Station, and graduated in 2005.  From August 2005 to August 2006, he was with the Thomson Corporate Research, Princeton, NJ, as a Member of Technical Staff.  Since September 2006, he has been with HKU, currently as an Associate Professor.  He has been a visiting scholar at Princeton University for the summers of 2011 and 2015.  His research interests are in general area of signal processing, machine learning, and communication systems, and in particular distributed signal processing and robust optimization theories with applications to communication systems and smart grid.  Dr. Wu served as an Editor for IEEE Communications Letters, is currently an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications and Journal of Communications and Networks.

Guest Lectuer: Associate Prof.Yik-Chung Wu, University of Hong Kong

Date and Time: 10:00am-12:00am, Mar. 9, 2016   

Location: Room 215, Information Science & Electronic Engineering Building, Yuquan Campus

Audience: Faculty/Staff, Students

Category: Lecture

Sponsor: College of Information Science & Electronic Engineering, Zhejiang University


Admission: Free